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For Immediate Release
July 26, 2001


Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Ian Stirton



WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on two matters previously under review (MURs). This release contains only summary information. Closed files should be thoroughly read for details, including the FEC’s legal analysis of the case. (See footnote at the end of this release.) Closed MUR files are available in the Public Records Office.

1. MUR 4947
RESPONDENTS: Kemp for Vice President, Kirk L. Clinkenbeard, treasurer (DC)
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; receiving funds in excess of net debt
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $15,000 civil penalty*

Respondents will seek refund from National Republican Senatorial Committee, provide Federal Election Commission copy of letter it sends to the National Republican Senatorial Committee seeking refund, refund to contributors where possible and disgorge remainder to United States Treasury with any amount refunded by National Republican Senatorial Committee.

2. MUR 5033
RESPONDENTS: (a) Alexander Audit Fund, Inc., Todd Eardensohn, treasurer (VA)

(b) Alexander for President 1996, Todd Earndensohn, treasurer (DC)

(c) Princeton’s Restaurant (TN)

(d) Allison M. Thomas (TN)

COMPLAINANT: Allison M. Thomas (TN)
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions/contributions in the names of others
DISPOSITION: (a-d) Took no action*

*There are four administrative stages to the FEC enforcement process:

1. Receipt of proper complaint

2. "Reason to believe" stage

3. "Probable cause" stage

4. Conciliation stage

It requires the votes of at least four of the six Commissioners to take any action. The FEC can close a case at any point after reviewing a complaint. If a violation is found and conciliation cannot be reached, then the FEC can institute a civil court action against a respondent.